A social justice media mob wants a little boy banned from attending National Football League games because he wore black and red face paint.
Little Holden Armenta was also spotted in the crowd at a Kansas City Chiefs game wearing a headdress because – well – the kid is a Kansas City Chiefs fan.
Carron (pronounced Karen) Phillips, a writer for Deadspin lead the charge, writing a nasty hit piece calling on the NFL to address the child’s behavior.
“They’re doubling up on the racism,” he wrote. “Are you going to say anything, Roger Goodell?”
Phillips accused the kid of wearing black face and shared a photograph that only showed one side of the kid’s face. It was incredibly deceptive.
“As of now, the league hasn’t released a statement on what took place in the stands in Las Vegas on Sunday. That photo of that fan floating around on the Internet is beyond a bad look for a league, while simultaneously being what should be expected from the NFL,” he wrote.
Clearly, the child was not wearing black face. He was simply showing support for his team. And when Phillips got blowback, he doubled down.
“For the idiots in my mentions who are treating this as some harmless act because the other side of his face was painted red, I could make the argument that it makes it even worse,” he wrote. “Y’all are the ones who hate Mexicans but wear sombreros on Cinco.”
But it turns out the youngster has a Native American heritage himself with a grandfather serving on the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. And addition video shows black NFL players enthusiastically joining Holden as he did an “Indian” chopping gesture.
“Just stop already,” the boy’s mom Shannon Armenta wrote on Facebook, “He is Native American.”
There’s a disturbing pattern in the writings of Mr. Phillips.
He once wrote an essay complaining about white football fans being entertained by black athletes just one day after a gunman killed black shoppers in a Buffalo grocery store.
“This is what white supremacy looks like,” he wrote at the time.
In another post, he complained about seeing so many white people in a Michigan town.
“I’m from Saginaw,” he wrote on X. “Spent A LOT of time in Flint. I’ve never seen this many White people in Flint in my life. It’s…concerning.”
Now, I don’t know if Mr. Phillips is a racist or a bigot or maybe he just gets triggered by people of the Caucasian persuasion. Only the Good Lord knows what is lurking in that man’s heart.
But to intentionally shame a little boy for loving his football team is heartless. And to manipulate the photo to suggest this child was wearing blackface violates is unforgivable.
Amends must be made.
Deadspin should retract its story and Mr. Phillips should be fired. But first, he needs to apologize to that little boy.
And the parents of that Kansas City Chiefs fan should contact an attorney. There’s a good chance the kid might be able to buy his own sports team with the settlement.